Europe’s FDA sees “potential” problems with some insecticides. Potential. That’s like a big maybe…

[press release]

“Two neonicotinoid insecticides – acetamiprid and imidacloprid – may affect the developing human nervous system, said the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Experts from the Authority propose that some guidance levels for acceptable exposure to the two neonicotinoids be lowered while further research is carried out to provide more reliable data on so-called developmental neurotoxicity (DNT).”
While not in this press release, news stories covering it raise the completely unverified claim that these are also related to the bee dieoffs…
rest: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/131217.htm

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4 responses to “Europe’s FDA sees “potential” problems with some insecticides. Potential. That’s like a big maybe…

  1. It is amazing humans have survived long enough to become the top dog as weak as our DNA is supposed to be.
    Just as amazing as it is that those of us born during the ’50s and ’60s managed to survive a lack of seatbelts; smoking parents; DDT; politically incorrect upbringing; and (nearly) un-politicized education.

    • All the kids wandering down to the dump with bb, pellet and .22 rifles largely unsupervised. High fat diets. Cap pistols. Politically incorrect games like cowboys and Indians, army. Gambling for marbles at recess, when you weren’t playing mumbletee peg with the knives every grade school boy had. Silvering pennies with mercury.
      All of that must have had long term effects, we are starting to have all kinds of health problems usually related to multiple birthday syndrome.

  2. If there was ever a place to apply the precautionary principle, it is in the field of geoengineering. Any student of Human Factors will admit that the resilience of the human being is remarkable, possibly exceeded only by its capacity for whining over trifles.

  3. well, there is this study of imidacloprid and autism
    http://www.ehjournal.net/content/13/1/3/abstract

    and this older one in rats
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18080902

    not much research published on this

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